The Victorian State relays are on Sunday 5th March (just under 4 weeks away) at Darebin Parklands. This is our chance to start the process of returning the Rockhopper Trophy to its rightful home. The more people who enter, the more points we can muster. A fun and social day that our club pays for. Your first step is to ensure you are a club member (a quick trip to Eventor will sort this) and then leave a comment or email Andrew Cameron at Andrew@n8health.com.au so he can enter teams. Teams can be serious or social. Deadline is by February 20th.
Bendigo Orienteers would like to congratulate the following members who qualified for OA Merit Badges in 2016.
These badges are awarded to members who performed at a consistent level of achievement over a number of state and national level orienteering events.
Neil Barr M60 Gold Clare Brownridge W21 Gold David Brownridge M21 Gold Andrew Cameron M45 Gold Jimmy Cameron M20 Gold Don Cherry M50 Gold Karina Cherry W16 Gold Lachlan Cherry M20 Gold Darren Eenjes M45 Gold Serryn Eenjes W14 Gold Craig Feuerherdt M40 Gold Lachlan Feuerherdt M12 Gold Luke Feuerherdt M10 Gold Samara Fletcher W16 Gold Julie Flynn W55 Gold Peter Galvin M75 Gold Ben Goonan M21 Gold Richard Goonan M21 Gold Glenn James M16 Gold Leon Keely M21 Gold Michael Loughnan M16 Gold Laurina Neumann W21 Gold Archie Neylon M14 Gold Alison Radford W65 Gold Tony Radford M65 Gold Jim Russell M55 Gold Dianne Searle W70 Gold Peter Searle M70 Gold Caitlyn Steer W14 Gold Eleanor Williams W10 Gold Warwick Williams M45 Gold Charles Brownridge M65 Silver Daryl Fleay M70 Silver Peter Hill M65 Silver Leisha Maggs W17 Silver Nigel McGuckian M55 Silver Christopher Naunton M21 Silver Henry Cameron M16 Bronze John Chellew M70 Bronze Raelee Eenjes Wop Bronze Hans Egefalk M40 Bronze Joshua Feuerherdt M10 Bronze Peter Forbes M50 Bronze Margaret Kertesz W45 Bronze
We have not automatically purchased the cloth badges this year based on feedback from previous years. If you would like a badge, please let Nigel McGuckian know, or leave a comment on this post. There is no cost to you.
Orienteering Victoria has raised their membership fees by $5/year for each member aged 12 and over. This was by agreement with the clubs in return for keeping the levies at the same level for 2017. You also get the Australian Orienteer magazine thrown in (which was optional for 2016).
Bendigo Orienteers membership fee will be $50/year per senior member and $7 per junior member (under 21)
This will be formally ratified at the AGM in February, and fees are not due until our O season starts in February. But for those who wish to get in early, Eventor is open for business: https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/MyPages/Memberships
The weather forecast for Bendigo is fine, sunny, and mid 20s both days – perfect. The organisers will not be providing water at the events on Saturday. Remember to bring your own.
Please be aware that the competition areas for both events on Saturday are Out of Bounds except when competing. No exceptions.
Make sure you follow the 3-step entry process – 1. Pay; 2. Collect SI AIR stick; 3. Enter your course via the Touch screen. Failure to miss any one step will result in disqualification. Note: if you are competing in both races today, you only need to pay and enter ONCE, in the morning. You will receive two Start tickets, one for each race.
You MUST use your rented SI Air stick for the whole weekend, and return it after the Champs. Loss or damage incurs a replacement fee of $105. If you own an SI AIR stick, we will contact you separately as you do not need to rent one.
Course closure times will be strictly enforced today, to enable us to pack up and relocate between races.
Saturday morning – SIS Race 6, Bendigo South East College.
Register from 10.30am, start any time from 11am-12.15pm.
Clothing & Footwear: Running shoes and shorts are appropriate. Shoes with spikes or metal studs are not allowed.
Out of Bounds except when competing: All areas of the campus, including surrounding footpaths, are Out of Bounds except when competing. Please remain within the taped registration/parking area at all times.
Warm-up can be undertaken via the footpath east along Ellis Street (right when exiting the campus). Cross Sharon Street (take care) and continue east on public footpaths around the La Trobe University campus.
Saturday afternoon – SIS Race 7, South Star (Eaglehawk).
Register ONLY if you did not race in the morning. Start any time from 3pm-4.15pm. South Star is an approx. 20 min drive from SE College (14 mins from central Bendigo). Please factor this into your travel time. If using an in-car navigation system, the destination is Brewery Road, Sailors Gully.
Clothing & Footwear: Full leg cover is recommended and Orienteering shoes are appropriate
Out of Bounds except when competing: All areas of the forest that are bordered by Peg Leg Rd, Brewery Rd, Lethebys Rd, Lester St and Sailors Gully Rd are out of bounds.
Warm-up can be undertaken along Brewery Road.
Please read the Event Information Sheet. Start lists are published on Eventor.
Our use of the venue is conditional on obeying Out of Bounds rules. The Fairplay rule – no entering, crossing, jumping over or reaching across – will be strictly enforced. There will be marshals on the course and they will not hesitate to disqualify anyone breaking the rules.
After the race, stay around for the Presentations, bring a picnic, and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. For those staying on in Bendigo, have a go at the Park Street Challenge – a 45 minute score event starting at 5pm.
The Park & Street Challenge is now up and running in Bendigo. This is an initiative which several club members have been working on over the last 18 months. It has been funded by VicHealth through their Physical Innovation Challenge funding.
The challenge is running until 4 December. Maps were distributed in the Bendigo Weekly last Friday. If you didn’t receive a copy I will make sure there are some available at the Saturday orienteering events. To find out more check out the Park & Street Challenge Facebook page or check out http://parkandstreet.com.au/ web site to register.
By Jenny Ball
Even though many club members were involved in championships in Queensland and it was AFL Grand Final Day, many people braved the cold to participate in the annual Mars Bar Cup (or Mahers Barr Cup) challenge held in the picturesque Sedgwick forest on October 1st.
It was great to see Lillian Maher representing her Maher family. Jimmy Cameron was in great form following his run in Queensland – he was the only one to visit all controls in the given hour (about 8.3 km).
Conditions were very wet underfoot. Gullies became water courses. Water courses flowed like creeks and many tracks had turned into water courses.
Most people managed to visit their selected controls in the hour. There were a few late penalties applied.
Brettt Houlden raced to the finish with 2 seconds to spare and Ian Johnson was delighted to complete a course successfully.
In the easy course Harrison Carter excelled with a time of 15.25 minutes and his sister Isabelle also completed the course in good time considering the conditions of the tracks.
At the end of the event all participants received a Mars Bar, which put a smile on many faces (thanks Jenny for donating the Mars Bars).
Thanks to John W, Lorraine L, Nola J and Andrew W, for picking up controls and also to Brett Houlden for bringing the trailer.
MARS BAR CUP 2016 RESULTS
In order of points scored.
Jimmy Cameron 400 (max)
Andrew Wallace 360
Nic Cherry 360
Tsegii Choijinsuren 360
Rod Gray 360
Derek Morris 355
Henry Cameron 340
Brett Houlden 340
Michael Loughnan 320
Katherine McMillan 320
Tim Dent 320
Kerryn Searle 300
Peter Forbes 295
Heather Jones 280
Colin Walker 280
David Jones 280
Lillian Maher 280
Terry Davidson 260
Ben English 240
Reuben Cameron 240
Bob Cameron 240
Elke Prielipp 240
Ken Dowling 240
Viv McMillan 220
Nola and Lorraine 220
Neave English 200
Ian Johnson 180
Di Searle 180
Anitra Dowling 180
Harrison Carter 15.25 min
Isabelle Carter 32.36 min
Jennie Friebel 72.38
The new “CardiO” format was a great success with many positive comments. There were a few confused competitors at first and several didn’t read the clue sheet, one competitor even visited the same control twice (from different angles) and didn’t realise it. But the standout performance for the day goes to Jim Russell, who despite not posting the fastest time, won every “out” leg, i.e., the legs which repeatedly climbed up and over the ridge. He’s tough (as if we didn’t already know that) and went on to decisively win a Victorian Champs event the next day under even tougher conditions.
Is the CardiO format here to stay – watch this space.
The Board of Orienteering Australia is very pleased to announce Jim Russell has been appointed Head Coach of Orienteering Australia for the remainder of 2016 and 2017. Jim brings an enormous amount of enthusiasm, passion and expertise to the role of Head Coach, through his vast experience as an elite competitor and coach of many national teams. Jim has been the National Development Squad Coach for the past three years and his appointment is a natural progression, providing stability to the OA High Performance program.
Bendigo Orienteers Inc. offers its congratulations to Jim: he is a long time and highly respected member of our club and has been an integral part of every major development that has helped us to become one of the top rated orienteering clubs in Australia. He is always ready to lend a positive ear to any suggestions that would help improve the efficiency of the club’s operation and the quality of our events.
Congratulations and well done Jim.
RESULTS 13/8/2016 IAN’S 88th
COURSE 1: 4.4Km
Nic Cherry 24:40
Warwick Williams 39:41
Derek Morris 40:21
Neil Barr 40:55
Morgan Fry 43:57
Darren Eenjes 45:17
Peter Forbes 47:35
Rob Clark 64:22
John Chellew 76:45
Ryan Davies MP
Ian Davies DNF
COURSE 2: 3.5Km
Michael Loughnan 28:21
Henry Cameron 32:45
Karina Cherry 32:46
Julie Flynn 36:23
Colin Walker 40:15
Katherine McMillan 40:25
Viv McMillan 41:21
Louise Hall 46:03
Dave Lotty 54:29
Sheila Colls 64:25
COURSE 3: 3.2Km
Steve Bird 21:41
Lachlan Cherry 22:57
John Wilkinson 23:28
Jimmy Cameron 23:34
Leisha Maggs 26:25
Marcus Binks 29:37
John Maher 29:39
Sue Key 32:41
Lawrie Edward 32:25
Archie Neylon 35:25
Jason Carter 45:53
Jenny Ball 46:09
Lorraine Lerversha 51:51
Nola Juniper 51:51
James O’Sullivan 52:55
Anna & Bri 55:31
Verna Greenhalgh 61:59
Old Girls 63:17
COURSE 4: 2.5Km
Oliver Martin & Levy 19:52
Lillian Maher 23:39
Sebastian Vinks 34:19
Harrison Carter 44:08
COURSE 5: 1.2Km
Wilbur Martin 16:38
Sue Healy 19:52
Ian Johnson is the oldest member of the Bendigo Orienteering Club. His 88th birthday comes up in August 2016 and the club will celebrate the occasion at his micro-sprint event at Black Jack Gully near Castlemaine on August 13th. Ian still competes in events although he is now slowing down a bit, but he still enjoys the bush and finding hidden controls. I wonder how many people reading this will still be able to navigate their way around the Bendigo bush when they are 88 years old.
Ian retired from primary teaching in 1986, and came to live near Castlemaine, so it could be said that in 1986 the Ballarat orienteering world lost an asset and Bendigo gained one. At 88 he is still heavily involved in the sport; orienteering is a sport for all ages but the balance is still very much weighted in favour of the younger and fitter, and to see an 88 year old navigating his way around the rough forest areas week after week is still a bit off putting for many people. He has competed in almost every event organised by the Bendigo club since his arrival here but now, though still active competitively he is easing out of the organisational activities.
Ian first ventured into orienteering on a novice course at an event in 1971 at St George’s Lake in the Creswick Forest. Ian said he walked or scrambled it, as he went across country where he could, but did not use a compass. He can remember that the controls were buckets hanging by a rope with pens of different colours to mark the spaces on the map. He mapped the forest behind his newly built home in Ballarat and when some local runners were thinking about starting an orienteering club, he became an original member, taking on the position of Treasurer with a strict spending oversight. Tom Norwood and Ian both agreed low spending was essential to start with, and they gathered the profits carefully. The first event Ian organised was on June 1st 1975 on a map he helped to field work and draw. The longest course was 3.75 km with 13 controls. The cost of entry was only 20 cents, and compass hire the same.
With the experience of these initial ventures into orienteering behind him, Ian decided to make a better coloured map with more accurate fieldwork, using his usual three point triangulation, which is labour intensive but very accurate. Another map of Canadian Forest followed, it was bigger and more complicated, but still accurate. His map making procedure is, even now, still firmly rooted in basic, original methods with little time for new technology. Ian managed to make some more maps from some free photogrammetry he got from an International Three Day event. Today he still makes his own maps using free hand, pacing and drawings – then passes them on to others to digitally prepare the final map. During his time at Bendigo he has never missed course setting at least one — until recently two events every year and still continues to compete every week.
He is an avid environmentalist and his knowledge of indigenous plants is second to none; he has written numerous volumes on his observations of micro climate and vegetation changes and is also the author of many, many articles on navigational techniques as used in orienteering; his property at Harcourt is not connected to electricity and he lives a Spartan and totally carbon neutral lifestyle.
Ian Johnson is an amazing person, he is iconic to our sport– a “living legend” of the Bendigo Orienteering Club and an individual the like of whom we will probably never see again.
Peter Creely, based on observations by John Wilkinson and Colin Walker.
We will celebrate Ian’s birthday at the event that he will course set at Black Dog Gully in Harcourt on 13 August this year. The occasion will be much more social this year with a BBQ and food supplied by the club. As in past years Jenny Ball will make Ian’s birthday cake and all are invited to stay and celebrate Ian’s birthday in the company of other club members.